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30th Annual Haunt the Zoo for Halloween

Think trick-or-treating door-to-door is a bore? Turn your bore into explore with a wild trick-or-treating adventure!

Saturday, October 26, through Thursday, October 31, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. nightly.

(rain or shine)


Family Fun! 

Haunt the Zoo

Haunt the Zoo is a hauntingly good time for the whole family and a safe alternative to traditional Halloween events. Trick-or-treaters will be greeted by friendly mascot characters before embarking on the Haunt the Zoo trail. Children with tickets will receive an official treat bag so you can stop at festive, fantasy-themed booths to collect tasty treats from volunteers. Professional photographers, Party Pics, will be taking digital photos of Haunt the Zoo guests. All photos will be available online for guests to view and purchase. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Zoo. You also may see Zoo employees taking photos throughout the Haunt the Zoo trail for Zoo purposes only.

For answers to commonly asked Haunt the Zoo questions, click here.

Tickets on Sale! 

Advanced Haunt the Zoo tickets are $6 per child wishing to trick-or-treat, or $7 at the gate. Accompanying adults are admitted free.  To purchase tickets, drop by the Zoo from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., during the event, or purchase them online at the link below. Admission includes an official treat bag. ZooFriends memberships do not apply to Haunt the Zoo.

We Need Volunteers

Haunt the Zoo

Volunteers are needed to help with Haunt the Zoo from Saturday, October 26, through Thursday, October 31, 2013. Volunteers help nightly from 5:15 p.m. to approximately 9 p.m. with the following event elements:

  • Handing out candy to trick or treaters at one of the themed booths.
  • Dressing up as a mascot and greeting children as they enter the Zoo.
  • Delivering refreshments to fellow volunteers during the event.

*Preferred volunteers must be 18 or older. However, volunteers as young as 16 may volunteer when accompanied by an adult chaperone.

As a special treat, all volunteers are invited to enjoy a complimentary light meal at 5:30 p.m. in the Education Center each evening before reporting to their positions. You will also receive 10% off your purchase of the new Haunt the Zoo T-shirts featuring our brand new logo.

Please help make the 30th Haunt the Zoo the most memorable one to date!  To sign up, please call or e-mail me at (405) 425-0298 or crennels@okczoo.com.


Haunt the Zoo

ZooZeum Opens Haunt the Zoo Exhibit


The ZooZeum has thirty years of tricks and treats to share with you with the opening of its newest exhibit, Haunt the Zoo for Halloween. The new gallery display will showcase photos, keepsakes and one-of-a-kind props celebrating the 30-year history of Oklahoma’s biggest Halloween event!  The ZooZeum, located on Zoo grounds by the Elephant habitat, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Zoo admission is required.


Pumpkins for a Purpose 

Treat your "punkin" to a pumpkin and help the Zoo! Honor your friends, kids, pets or a special someone by sponsoring a personalized pumpkin to be placed in the special Haunt the Zoo Pumpkin Patch. Click on the form below to print the form and follow the instructions. Forms with checks must be received by the Zoo no later than October 26.  Then don't forget, when you're at Haunt the Zoo, stop by the Pumpkin Patch and look for your honoree's pumpkin! 


Earth-Friendly Treats 

We strive to provide Haunt the Zoo candy from our sponsors that is Palm Oil free in support of orangutan conservation! And parents--you can do the same! Buy sweet treats for the holiday that are free of palm oil. Deforestation due to non-sustainable palm oil production is threatening populations of already-endangered orangutans in Indonesia and Malaysia. Shop smart! Support companies that are trying to keep this amazing species from becoming extinct!

For a list of palm-oil free candy, click here.



Haunt the Zoo T-Shirt

Haunt the Zoo T-Shirt

Haunt the Zoo T-shirts with the new logo are on sale soon in the Safari Gift Shop. Sizes include youth to adult.




Thank You Sponsors! 

The 30th annual Haunt the Zoo is presented by Kohl's Cares and The Children’s Hospital Volunteers.


Sponsors of the 30th annual Haunt the Zoo as of October 9, 2013, include: Allegiance Credit Union; AT&T Pioneers, OK 1st  Chapter; Bank of Oklahoma; Cher Bumps & Assoc., Inc.; Cox Media; Epic Charter Schools; First Security Bank; Fred Jones Family Foundation; Frito-Lay; Great Plains Coca-Cola; Great Plains Dr Pepper; Keller Williams Realty Central Oklahoma; Love’s Travel Stops; Magic 104/Jake FM/92.5 KOMA; Paint Your Art Out; Pride Mixed Martial Arts; Upstage Theatre; Walmart; and ZooFriends.

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The Zoo is a fully accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the American Association of Museums (AAM) as both a living museum and a botanical garden. AZA accredited facilities are dedicated to providing excellent care for their plants and animals, a great experience for guests and a better future for all living things.

A New Breath of Fresh Air: As of Nov. 1, 2007, state law prohibits smoking inside zoological parks. Please help us abide by this law by refraining from smoking within the Zoo. Thank you for maintaining a smoke-free environment for all living things!